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    A valid comparison of Very Low Calorie vs Low Carb ?

    I think this is a fair and valid comparison of 2 of the 4 possible paths to T2D remission:
  2. ColinUK

    HbA1C update

    Thought I’d share.... my HbA1C is now 38!
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    DIRECT study results much poorer than presented?

    I have been seeing tweets about the NHS Shakes and that the DIRECT 2yr study results don't justify the Very Low Calorie Diet push. Indeed, if the underlying data is as tweeter @AmandaZZ100 says, I would consider it scandalous that they have been presented as such a success! Relevant Twitter thread:
  4. ColinUK

    Rice cooker that removes the sugars....

    Someone on Facebook mentioned this. I’d never heard of it before but it seems like magic mixed with science stuff. Apparently it cooks rice in a way that it removes the carbs and is therefore ok for diabetics. https://www.grayns.com/
  5. ColinUK

    Travel Insurance

    I just went through the AllClear website to get a quote for an annual policy to cover Europe as I’m hopeful there will be a number of short trips to the continent over the next 12 months and obviously wouldn’t do it without insurance. I’ve declared everything and it’s so cheap the question has...
  6. ColinUK

    Metformin - side effect?

    So I finally picked up the new prescription for my metformin yesterday and took a tablet this morning. Monday I’ll call the GP to have a conversation. A few times whilst taking metformin I’ve experienced something very disconcerting. I’ve stood up and have almost keeled over. I’ve had a short...
  7. ColinUK


    So I’ve run out of metformin. Oops. Just ordered a report prescription but it’ll be interesting to see what my stats are like without it for the weekend I guess.
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    Reversing T2 Diabetes

    Published today: Reversing Type 2 Diabetes by Prof Tim Noakes https://nutrition-network.org/reversing-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-prof-tim-noakes/ I have 2 comments: 1. Not all will agree with the title, perhaps it should be called reversing the progression of type 2 diabetes. 2. While it is quite...
  9. ColinUK

    BG spike - time to up metformin?

    Last few days I’ve seen my BG levels spike. It’s gone from pretty stable 5.5-6.1 to double that. I’m thinking of contracting the GP surgery and asking permission to double my metformin from 500x2 once daily to twice daily. As I’ve said elsewhere I’m not well and am displaying CV19 symptoms so...
  10. ColinUK


    I just went to one for the first time in living memory! Nothing too ridiculous but 15 mins treadmill, 10 on the x-trainer and then some very low weight chest press and even lower weight shoulder press. And I’ve booked a space in a yoga class next Wednesday evening. :)
  11. Neens

    2 Months Today

    I noticed today that there are several posts from members who are marking 2 years with T2D. @Brando77 & @Eddy Edson - I'm looking at you! So I feel a little bit silly posting this now as it doesn't seem like such a milestone day... but it is, for me. The truth is the time has flown (may have...
  12. ColinUK

    First diabetic nurse appointment coming up

    As the title suggests I’ve got my first appointment coming up (next Monday so I’m not going to stress about it!) with the diabetes nurse. I’m curious what I should expect to be discussed and to happen so any guidance or hints would be gratefully received :)
  13. ColinUK

    Apps - what’s your fav for logging results and monitoring?

    I make no apology for being an information sponge right now! Another question is about apps. I already use the Apple health app to record stats so I’ve update it to record BG levels too but the question is more about the specific BG apps like: Glucose Buddy One Drop and the others. Is there...
  14. ColinUK

    Disposal of sharps and question about wipes

    I know we can’t use normal wipes before jabbing our fingers but it’s not always possible to wash hands with soap and water before testing either so which alcohol free wipes do folks prefer to have with them just in case? Also how do you dispose of the lancets and strips afterwards? Currently...
  15. ColinUK

    Coming out to family...

    Coming out never ends. I did it years ago as a fully fledged gentlemen of the homosexualist persuasion but now I’m off to the parents for dinner this evening and feel I have to come out as T2. I’m taking my BG monitor with me as, although it’s not a typical meal, it is a regular meal and I’d...
  16. ColinUK

    SD Codefree BG Monitor

    Just on my way out and the postman has delivered my first ever BG monitor. It’s such a tiny box for what seems like such a momentous... erm... moment I guess. I’ll open it later.
  17. ColinUK

    Allen Carr: Bad Sugar/Good Sugar - Tom Watson: Downsizing - Pioppi Diet

    So I’m working my way through all of these books right now to get a better handle on the low carb Mediterranean diet and to kick my sugar addiction. I’ve also got Annie Grace’s 30 Day Alcohol Experiment as the same principles about sugars apply to alcohol and I’m a sucker for a bit of delving...
  18. ColinUK

    Weight loss ups and downs - 800 Calorie - Newcastle

    Diagnosed last week. In a rather unsatisfactory manner. (See my Bit of a Shock) thread in Newbies. I’ve been 16st something for a while now and I know I really needed to shift at least three stone... worth noting that max weight over the last four years has been recorded at 17 1/2 stone. Just...
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    Hi, I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes in 2011 and luckily have stayed well since. However, recently my blood sugar levels have been less stable and I’m very keen to take myself in hand, so to speak, and get things under control again. I’m aiming to start the Newcastle diet and hope my gp will...
  20. ColinUK

    Bit of a shock

    Went to see the GP today and as he was filling out a prescription for something he commented that it’d be fine with my diabetes. “What diabetes?” “You’ve been diabetic since 2014.” “Why hasn’t anyone told me?” “No comment.” That was three hours ago. Appointment booked for a couple of weeks to...